Shorthanded Sting ignores recent injuries to beat Steelheads

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The Sarnia Sting continue to lose players and win games.

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The Sarnia Sting continue to lose players and win games.

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Despite adding three more regulars to the injured list, the shorthanded Sting took control early and beat the Mississauga Steelheads 6-2 on Wednesday.

Marcus Limpar-Lantz and Sasha Pastujov each had two goals and an assist in front of a crowd of 2,287 at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena.

The Sting extended their point streak to six games (4-0-2-0).

They were missing top scorer Nolan Burke as well as five injured or ill defenders. Ryan Mast and Carson Campbell joined Chandler Romeo, Josh Hoover and Nolan Dillingham on the sidelines.

They only dressed five guards but limited the Steelheads to 28 shots.

“We have a very complete roster this year,” said goaltender Ben Gaudreau. “I think proving it today with a big win over Mississauga with a lot of guys out is exciting.

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“I don’t feel worried when one of those guys is out there. And we still have a lot of great players not playing, so it’s going to be really exciting to see what we can do this year.

The Stings (12-6-3-1) are second in the OHL West Division, three points behind the Saginaw Spirits. The teams will face off at 7:05 p.m. Friday in Sarnia.

Tyson Doucette and Lukas Fischer also scored for the Sting, who led 3-0 midway through the first period.

“It all starts in practice,” Gaudreau said of their strong start. “We went into overdrive at the start of practice and made sure we were listening from the start. Our warm-ups were good.

“In the room, the morale is unreal. It was really exciting to start.

Owen Beck and James Hardie replied for the Steelheads late in the first.

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After a scoreless second period, the Sting scored three goals before the six-minute mark in the third.

Ty Voit had four more assists. He now leads the OHL with 34 assists and 40 points in 22 games.

“He’s a great player,” Limpar-Lantz said. “He sometimes makes incredible passes. And off the ice, he’s a good guy too.

The Sting’s blue line included two players (Fischer, 16, and Mitch Young, 17) with less than two weeks of OHL experience each. Fischer already has two goals and Young got his first assist on Wednesday.

“He’s been awesome,” Gaudreau said of Young. “He came in, played straight away with confidence and there’s not much else to say. He’s been really good and I think he’s exceeded a lot of people’s expectations.

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